Having a baby – are your gums healthy?

Taking care of your teeth and gums during your pregnancy is an important part of your unborn childs good health and well being.Studies have shown a relationship between disease related to the gums, and tooth support structures(periodontal disease)and pre-term, low-birth-weight babies.. In fact, pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small!
Any infection, including periodontal infection, is cause for concern during pregnancy. If you are planning to become pregnant, be sure to include a dental evaluation as part of your prenatal care.
Women who use oral contraceptives may be susceptible to the same oral health conditions that affect pregnant women. They may experience red, bleeding and swollen gums.

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